Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following adjectives best describes Flem Snopes in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

2. After he left his tribe, where did Doom settle?

3. What building is Res Grier in charge of reshingling?

4. Why do the Native Americans want to hold a trial for the chief's nephew in the white man's court?

5. Which of Mannie's relatives is killed driving mules while working for Snopes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What competition do Ikkemotubbe and David Hogganbeck find themselves in in the story "A Courtship"?

2. Why are the two Indians in "Red Leaves" searching for their chief's slave?

3. Why is Lucius Provine sent to see the Indian doctor while out on a bear hunt?

4. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

5. How does Lucius Provine treat the black people in his neighborhood when he is a child?

6. Why do the Indians come to the president's office seeking advice in the story "Lo"?

7. Why do the Jefferson townsfolk pity Emily Grierson after her father dies?

8. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

9. How is Sarty involved in his father's death?

10. What series of events takes place when Minnie realizes that there are mules in her yard in the story of the same name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Mannie's husband's death in the story "Mule in the Yard" incite a sequence of tragic events? What message is Faulkner sending the reader about revenge through this cautionary tale? Finally, what were the effects of revenge in the lives of both Mannie and Snopes?

Essay Topic 2

The story "The Tall Men" deals with the realization that the motivations of actions are sometimes misunderstood. First, explain what the motivations of the marshal were when he came to arrest the two young boys. Then explain what the marshal assumed the motivations of the young boys were in refusing to sign up for service. Finally, explain what the marshal learned about the human condition and what motivates us all.

Essay Topic 3

The story "Hair" is about debt and love. First, describe the two great loves in barber Hawkshaw's life. What promises did Hawkshaw make to his fiance, and how did those promises affect his life? Finally, explain how in paying back the mortgage on his fiance's home, Hawkshaw paid the debt owed on his heart.

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